• dogs,  personal,  travel

    Big Changes for Old Dogs

    Things are changing rapidly in my life. I’ll spare you the gory details (because you likely wouldn’t believe them anyway!) and simply say, I’m moving across the country again! I see now that Deuce knew something was up all along. She’s always followed me around the house and done her best to be as close to me as caninely possible. Now that she’s older I do think twice before leaving the desk to run to the kitchen for more coffee – lest I disturb her. I know she won’t listen when I tell her “Just stay right there, you can see me in the kitchen. I’ll be RIGHT back.” There…

  • dogs

    Traveling with Your Senior Dog

    I’m about to hit the road with my trusty side-kick Deuce. We love the desert, but are looking forward to being back East with family and friends before the end of the winter. A story about the cross-country trip has been pitched to various dog-friendly publications, but I’ll also be reporting from the road during our travels. Two years ago this past summer we traveled from Virginia to Tucson with two dogs and although Deuce was still considered a “senior” in some circles, she was spry compared to her current situation at 14 years old! I’ve ordered a harness to help with her loading and unloading in the car and…

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    Divine Dog Wisdom Cards

    Divine Dog Wisdom Cards Divine Dog Wisdom Cards are so much fun and eerily prescient. Divinatory Decks aren’t new to me I’m not a newbie when it comes to things mystical or metaphysical. For more than a decade I’ve been reading Tarot and hands and dabbling in things like numerology, astrology and Lenormand. I’m also a meditator and yoga loving gal. I tell you this so you know I’ve been around the block a few times with various Oracle and Wisdom card decks. The Divine Dog Wisdom Cards deck was a surprise Christmas gift from one of my sisters and I am so delighted it’s hard to write this post…

  • dogs,  seniors,  wellness

    When to Say Good-bye

    I hate thinking about it, much less writing about it, our dogs are not going to outlive us. There. I said it. I’m sad about it. My writing companion, Deuce, has been at my side or under my desk for nearly 13 years now. From the minute she howled her way home in a cat carrier (no wonder she was howling!) while I drove down I66 from Manassas to Arlington, I knew she would be my work companion. She’s a jester. She’s a talker. She definitely has opinions about my working hours and reminds me, regularly, to get up and have fun when I’ve been staring at this screen for…

  • dogs,  seniors,  wellness

    What does Vestibular Disease look like?

    On a Tuesday evening walk Deuce stumbled. The sidewalks are slightly slanted and she’s well into her 13 year (at least – after 13 I don’t like to count anymore). She’s had a partially torn CCL and has arthritis in her hips. I presumed the stumble was related to all that. (Isn’t that enough?!) Returning from work Wednesday, I was surprised that Deuce wasn’t at the door to greet me with her effusive hello and head butts. As I moved toward her she started to get up and then she fell over. She tried again, and fell on her side. Tossing the bag full of eggs and juice and fruit…